COVID-19 Safety Guidelines on Our Tours
To all our valued guests:
For your safety and the safety of our crew, these are some of the measures we have implemented on our vessel/s. We expect our guests to respect and abide by the guidelines we’ve put in place with safety in mind. Kindly keep in mind there are inherent risks and a social responsibility guests assume by choosing to join us for a charter. We thank you for your patience, understanding, and cooperation!
If you have recovered from Covid-19 it is HIGHLY recommended you make an appointment with your doctor and have pulmonary function tests completed before returning to diving. The potential of an undeserved DCS hit or a hit worse than the profile would typically indicate is a risk. The research is ongoing and you should proceed with caution. For more info from DAN click here.
- We’ve increased the frequency of disinfecting surfaces and high traffic areas between each dive, and hand sanitizer will be available to all of our guests.
- Employees receive daily wellness checks, including temperature checks, to ensure they are healthy and symptom-free.
- Face coverings are no longer required while on an open-air boat.
- The Crew will sanitize their hands frequently
- Guests should sanitize hands their hand frequently
- After each trip, the vessels are cleaned and sanitized
- Rental regulators and masks are disinfected with a CDC-recommended and EPA-N list approved solution for Covid-19. We encourage guests to bring their own scuba equipment.
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness and should stay at home. For more info, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.
Additionally, All employees have been given guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which include; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. For more info, please visit https://covid19info.ocgov.com/.
How does Covid-19 change the guest experience?
- We’ve reduced our capacity to 12 guests
- This provides plenty of area for social distancing.
- The Honu Lele will remain a 6 passenger vessel.
- Free Nitrox is still available.
- Upon request, we will continue to offer valet-style service in setting up our guest’s personal scuba equipment.
- Rental regulators and BCD inflators are disinfected with a CDC-recommended and EPA-N list approved solution for Covid-19. We encourage guests that have not yet purchased their own equipment to take the plunge and use Covid19 as your excuse to complete your dive kit! Click here to find more reasons to complete your dive kit!
- Guests will have their own personal mask rinse bucket on the Honu One. Do not use spit as a defog. If you wish to do so wait until you are in the ocean. We will spray your mask with defog and you will use your individual rinse bucket.
- The Honu Lele will use the hose to rinse masks.
- Waivers MUST be signed by 5pm the evening before the morning charter. Guests will use their personal devices to complete waivers. You must be able to present your dive card prior to boarding the vessel – physical or ecard.
- Guests should bring their own REUSABLE and full water bottle to limit their risk of using the communal water refill station on board.
- When completing your pre-dive safety check do not put the octopus in your mouth to test. Push to purge with two fingers covering the mouthpiece.
What about visiting the shop?
- CDC recommended face masks are required to be worn while in the dive shop or waiting to enter. This is a State of Hawaii mandate
- Do not enter if you feel ill, have a cough, or fever
- Maintain 6ft of social distancing while inside – no hugs or physical greetings – shaka’s only
- Masks may be limited for try on’s due to disinfection processes per CDC guidelines
Is Hawaii open for tourism?
Direct International Travel to Hawaii
Starting Nov. 8
- NON-U.S. citizens traveling directly to Hawaii from an international destination must present BOTH a vaccination records AND a negative COVID-19 test result (NAAT or antigen) within three days of boarding a flight to the United States.
- U.S. citizens flying directly to Hawaii from an international destination have two options:
- Fully vaccinated travelers must provide proof of vaccination and present a test taken within three (3) days of boarding flight to U.S.; OR
- Travelers not fully vaccinated must provide proof of negative COVID-19 test result within one (1) day of boarding flight to U.S.
There will be no additional State of Hawaii requirements for passengers flying directly into Hawaii from an international destination. The airlines will screen passengers prior to their departure to the U.S. If foreign passengers fail to meet BOTH requirements and if U.S. citizens fail to meet ONE of the two requirements, they will not be allowed to board the flight. Once in Hawaii, the CDC will conduct compliance checks.
Note: Tests do NOT have to be done with Trusted Travel Partners under the new international federal requirements, but they MUST be done with a Trusted Travel Partner for unvaccinated domestic travel.
Non-Direct International Travel to Hawaii
Starting Nov. 8
International passengers entering the U.S. from another state or territory will be treated as domestic travelers when entering the State of Hawaii. The Safe Travels Hawaii program remains in place for domestic travelers.
Current Safe Travels Hawaii requirements for domestic travelers include:
- Creating a Safe Travels Hawaii account on a digital device
- Entering trip details
- Filling out a health form, and
- Attesting that all information is correct.
Currently, travelers may bypass the state’s mandatory 10-day quarantine in one of two ways:
- Upload a vaccination document; or
- Upload a negative NAAT test result.
- The test must be taken by a Trusted Travel Partner (TTP) within three days of departure for the State of Hawaii.
Also, beginning on Nov. 8, the State of Hawaii, in alignment with the federal government, will accept vaccines approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and vaccines listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization. A list of currently accepted vaccines is posted on the CDC’s website.
The State has produced an extensive list of questions and answers associated with the Safe Travels Pre-Testing Program. See the FAQs at: hawaiicovid19.com/travel/#travel-FAQs